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How to Travel from Naples to Sorrento: Your Ultimate Transportation Guide!

Are you planning a journey from Naples to Sorrento and wondering about the best transportation options? Look no further! We’ve compiled a comprehensive guide to help you navigate the various ways to travel between these two captivating Italian destinations.

Naples is located about 50 km / 31 miles north of Sorrento and it is the closest option if you are travelling from abroad or from other Italian cities.

The easiest ways to arrive to Naples are by plane or by train. You can also get there by car or by ferry.

How to get from Naples to Sorrento

Arriving to Naples by Plane

Naples “Capodichino” International Airport is the closest to Sorrento, approximately a 60 minute journey. During summer months, there are direct flights from most European cities and some US airports (New York). You can consult the official flight times on the Capodichino airport website 

From Capodichino Intl Airport, there are DIRECT connections to Sorrento by bus, shared shuttle service or private transfer.

  • by Bus

The Curreri bus departs from the Naples Capodichino airport terminal and arrives in Sorrento in a little over an hour. You can find more information and the timetable below.

  • by shared shuttle van

Opting for a shared shuttle service is a convenient solution on how to travel from Naples Airport to Sorrento. Shared shuttles are a cost-effective and efficient mode of transportation, pooling passengers heading in the same direction. With door-to-door service, the journey ensures a smooth and timely transfer, allowing travelers to comfortably reach their destination without the hassle of navigating public transport or arranging private transfers. If you’re contemplating the most efficient way on how to travel from Naples Airport to Sorrento, a shared shuttle proves to be a practical and economical choice. shared shuttles leave at selected times (generally each hour) and can only be booked on line. Cost is around 35 eur per person.

There are many reliable companies that offer shared shuttle services.

You may book a shared shuttle service online here.

  • TIP: If you have a substantial amount of luggage, there may be insufficient storage space available.
  • from the airport to the train station

If upon landing at Capodichino International Airport, you want to reach Sorrento by train, you must reach the Naples central train station (“stazione centrale”).

To go from the airport to the train station, you can either take a taxi or the shuttle bus.

The shuttle bus that connects Naples airport to the train station and port is called ALIBUS. A one way ticket costs 5 eur.

Shuttles run from 6 am to 11.40 pm every 20/30 minutes in peak hours (please check the updated time schedule on line). 1 suitcase & 2 carry on pieces are free.

You can book tickets directly on line

Taxis are typically accessible at the airport; however, there could be wait times, especially during peak seasons or busy periods. You cannot book a taxi in advance. As of now, the pre-fixed fare is 18 eur to get to the train station and 21 eur for the port. The ride can take from 20 minutes to 60 minutes according to traffic. If you must catch a train, allow enough time.

  • TIP: beware of taxi fares! Taxis are required to adhere to a fixed rate for the route from the airport to the train station or the port. If you opt for a taxi, ensure the driver follows the fixed rate. You must ask to get the fixed fare before starting the journey, otherwise they will use the taximeter. Fixed fares include ALL supplements (luggage, night or festive supplement, pets, etc.) Inquire about the fixed fare to guarantee transparency and prevent misunderstandings.

Getting to Sorrento by Train

High speed trains from Milan, Florence, and Rome arrive at Naples’ Centrale train station. If you’re considering how to travel from Naples Airport to Sorrento, opting for the train provides a cost effective solution.

The Circumvesuviana train station is downstairs. This line runs from Naples to Sorrento, and tickets cost less than €4.

Circumvesuviana Train Schedules »  (check L1 lines)

  • The ride lasts between 1 hour and 10 minutes and 1 hr and 40 minutes, with a number of stops along the way. Sorrento is the last stop along the line.
  • The Circumvesuviana is a commuter train along a main line, so can get very crowded and you may not find seating.
  • Trains are not air conditioned.
  • The Naples train station has the same sort of safety issues that any train station in a large city may have, so keep an eye on your valuables and documents and don’t wear expensive jewellery.
  • The train usually runs on time but there might be delays at times, and is generally the fastest and cheapest way to reach Sorrento (not the most comfortable)
  • We recommend avoiding the Circumvesuviana from Naples to Sorrento on Sunday mornings in the summer, and national holidays.
  • TIP: If you are travelling with a number of bags, we do not recommend taking the Circumvesuviana:
  • There are no escalators to reach the platform.
  • There is no space to store luggage on the train.
  • The trains can get very crowded, so you may have to travel standing up with your bags next to you.

In this case, the most convenient alternative is to book a private transfer from the station to your hotel

Private transfer: the most convenient way to get from Naples to Sorrento!

If you’d like to start your vacation stress-free, it’s a good idea to book a private transfer service to Sorrento. Transfer services to Sorrento typically include a private luxury car with a driver from the airport directly to your accommodation.

The driver meets you outside the luggage claim area and assists with luggage. Cost for a one way transfer is around 100/120 eur for 1 to 3 guests – 140/160 eur  for 4 to 6 guests. There are many reliable companies that offer private transfers.

  • TIP: If your Sorrento itinerary includes a visit to the Pompeii ruins, think about arranging a transfer that incorporates a stop at this archaeological site. It’s an excellent strategy to optimize your time and enhance your overall experience!

Need help booking a private transfer? Get in touch! (please include number of guests and flight details)

Get from Naples to Sorrento by bus

The Curreri bus departs from the Naples Capodichino airport terminal and arrives in Sorrento in a little over an hour. You can purchase your ticket on board for €10. The bus stop is opposite the airport arrivals gate; buses arrive about ten minutes before every scheduled departure and there is ample space for luggage on board. Buses run daily. The bus service is comfortable and safe; sit on the right side to enjoy the beautiful views of the Sorrentine peninsula along the way. The Bus stops at Sorrento Train station.

Bus Schedules Sorrento – Naples »

Get from Naples to Sorrento by boat

One of the most scenic and relaxing ways to reach Sorrento is by ferry. Ferries depart from Naples “Beverello” harbour. This mode of transportation offers a strategic route, providing passengers with a maritime perspective of the Sorrento Coast. For those contemplating the logistics of how to travel from Naples to Sorrento, choosing a ferry entails adherence to scheduled departure and arrival times, making it a structured and navigable option for reaching these two Italian destinations.

The Naples – Sorrento line is active all year long, and the routes depart from the Molo Beverello pier. You can reach the Naples port via the Alibus bus route which leaves from the Naples’ Capodichino Airport.

The ticket costs around €16, plus a baggage fee of €2 per bag.

Routes may be suspended in case of rough seas, with short or no notice.

  • TIP: To get from the port of Sorrento to the center of town, you need to climb a steep road or about 100 steps. There are buses and taxis which will take you uphill from the port. Take advantage of those, don’t climb the steps with your luggage!

Ferry schedule Naples – Sorrento »

Last but not least, you can opt for a transfer by private boat.

Exploring how to travel from Naples to Sorrento in a luxury way? Embarking on a journey to Sorrento by private boat is an indulgent experience that combines luxury and scenic beauty. Navigate the crystalline waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea with the utmost privacy, enjoying unparalleled views of the captivating Amalfi Coast along the way. Whether opting for a motor yacht, sailboat, or charter service, the journey to Sorrento becomes a personalized and leisurely adventure. Revel in the freedom to set your own pace, explore hidden coves, and savor the exclusive charm of arriving in Sorrento by sea. This opulent mode of travel not only ensures a seamless and stylish arrival but also transforms the journey itself into a memorable part of your Italian coastal getaway. Cost for this service varies according to your chosen boat. It is generally around 1000 eur.

Would you like to book a private boat transfer? Get in touch!

photo by: Framelines


I want to rent a car. Is driving to Sorrento easy?

Getting to Sorrento by car is easy… the traffic is the hard part!

From Highway A3 Napoli – Pompei – Sorrento (Naples – Pompeii – Sorrento), exit at Castellammare di Stabia and continue straight following the signs to “Sorrento”. After passing through three tunnels and a few kilometers of curvy, scenic road, you’ll pass through the towns of Meta, Piano, and Sant’Agnello and arrive in Sorrento.

Travelling with a group of friends: which is the best way to get to Sorrento?

For groups of more than 7 guests, we highly recommend booking a private group transfer. According to the size of your group, a mini van or a coach might be the best, most comfortable and more affordable way to get to Sorrento. If you are travelling with a lot of luggage, we suggest booking a slightly bigger transportation. If you are traveling in a small group, a private transfer can cost more or less the same as taking public transport, considering train tickets, taxi, and ferry costs. Opting for a convenient and relaxing private transfer for the same amount is a much better option! Depending on the size of your group and your arrival time and final destination, price is around 15/20 eur per person.

Which is the cheapest way to get from Naples to Sorrento?

The local train “Circumvesuviana” is the most affordable way to reach Sorrento from Naples. The one way fare is around 4 eur per person. Anyway, there are some factors that you may want to consider before choosing this as your transportation to Sorrento (check the details above).

How long is the ferry ride from Naples to Sorrento?

The ride is about 50 minutes.
Pay attention, there are some ferries that take around 1hour and 30 minutes.
Ferries from Naples to Sorrento do not run very often.

Travelling with children. Do I need a car seat?

Yes, ensuring the safety of your children during travel is crucial. It’s generally recommended to use a car seat for young children, as it provides added protection in the event of an accident. In Italy, car seats are mandatory for transportation by car, so if you have arranged a private transfer or if you’re renting a car, make sure to confirm the availability and reserve a car seat in advance to ensure a safe and comfortable journey for your little ones. Car seats are NOT required if you are travelling by coach/bus. Car seats are generally considered an additional service, so be ready to pay a small supplement (around 10/15 eur) for it.

Need assistance or have a question? Get in touch!